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Riding the Bus: May 7, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY • MAY 7, 2015

Myrtle Beach 5-7 Final

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Walk-off!  The Pelicans improved to a seasons best seven games over .500 with a 2-1 win over Salem thanks to a Billy McKinney walk-off dinger!  You can also thank Duane Underwood for dominating on the mound.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis is an on base machine, he was 0-for-2 with three walks in the win.
  • Billy McKinney is similar to Zagunis in regards to being one of those on base machines, he was 1-for-1 with FOUR walks, said walk-off dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Trey Martin each had one hit, both singles.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start tonight, and was brilliant.  He worked seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Juan Paniagua was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch picked up his second win of the season, he worked a scoreless inning in doing so.

Tennessee Smokies 5-7 Final

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a 5-4 loss.  The Smokies scored four times in the first inning and couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora has picked up where he left off before the injury, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, he’s hitting .310 on the season.
  • Kyle Schwarber was solid in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had the big hit for the Smokies, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Elliot Soto was the best of the bunch tonight, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start, and he struggled with his command, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out seven.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis picked up the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on three hits.

South Bend 5-7 Final

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Things got a little close late in this one but the South Bend Cubs hung on to beat Bowling Green 3-2.  Not many teams can say that as Bowling Green boasts a 17-11 record on the year, tonight the Cubs had just enough.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks has been great this year, it continued tonight, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two RBI’s.
  • Justin Marra found some extra base magic, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and a walk.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid as well, he went 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the year, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a nice game, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Gleyber Torres continues to get on base, he was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start, and he does what he usually does, put up zeroes.  He worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was touched up, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Farris had his shortest outing of the year, but it was all he needed to pick up his third save of the year.  He worked a third of an inning to shut the door.

Iowa Cubs 5-7 Final

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The Iowa Cubs didn’t have much going in this one, but found a way to push four runs across the plate in the seventh for a 4-1 victory in Nashville.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara has been flashing the power in Iowa, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, his fourth dinger, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Mike Baxter has been solid all year, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jonathan Mota was right in the middle of the action, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
  • John Andreoli, Chris Valaika, and Taylor Davis all had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start, and continues to make a push to be promoted, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Gonzalez Germen has been awesome in Iowa, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win, he struck out two in the process.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning to pick up his second hold of the year.
  • Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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Riding the Bus: May 6, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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WEDNESDAY • MAY 6, 2015

South Bend 5-7 Final

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South Bend really couldn’t get much going earlier this afternoon as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Great Lakes.  Leading 2-1 after five, the Cubs gave up single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks is having a great 2015, he was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid, he went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • David Bote was good again today, he went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer, and Giokar Amaya each had one hit in the loss, Amaya added an RBI, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was solid, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Garner doesn’t usually give up anything, he did today, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe was hung with the loss, he tossed two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.

 

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final

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A rough start to the double header last night as the Pelicans saw an early 4-1 lead turn into a 5-4 loss at the hands of Salem.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis did his job by getting on base in this one, he was 0-for-2 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill had a similar night, he was 0-for-1 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario was solid, he went 2-for-3 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini was most of the offense, he went 2-for-3 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and worked deep into this one before picking up the loss.  Torrez worked 6.1 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • James Pugliese was stuck with a blown save as he could not get out of Torrez’s trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final (2)

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The Pelicans got back on track in game two as the bullpen shut the door on Salem late in a 4-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had another solid game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill came up big in game two, he was 2-for-4 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney was locked in, he went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Carlos Penalver each had one hit in the game two victory.

On the Mound:

  • Tayler Scott got the start and was solid, he worked three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Zach Cates was awesome out of the pen, and picked up his first win of the season.  He tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Jasvir Rakkar continued his domination at the end of games, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final

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The Smokies needed late magic in this one as they lost a 1-0 lead in the 6th but struck for one in the seventh to take game one, 2-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start, and was stellar, he worked six innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • P.J. Francescon has been awesome all year, he worked a scoreless inning to pick up his third save.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final (2)

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 Sweep!  It took the whole game, but it was worth it as the Smokies scored four times in the seventh (last) inning to sweep the double header with a 4-1 game two victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Andres Santiago got the start, and was good.  He worked 4.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was solid in is AA debut, he worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing nothing.
  • C.J. Edwards was outstanding, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out the side to pick up his first win of the season.
  • Michael Jensen tossed a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Iowa Cubs 5-6 Final

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Tough matchup for the Cubs in this one as they were completely shutdown by Kendall Graveman of Nashville.  The Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits in the shutout loss.

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On the Mound:

  • Dallas Beeler got the start, and was roughed up, he worked four innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while walking two.
  • Michael Wagner was pretty good out of the pen, he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz worked a scoreless inning late to keep the Cubs in it, sort of.

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Riding the Bus: April 27, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • APRIL 27, 2015

Note:  Iowa game two was postponed.  South Bend, and Myrtle Beach were off tonight.

Iowa Cubs 4-27 Final

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Not a whole lot of punch from Iowa tonight as they were smoked by the Sky Sox 7-0.  Game two of the series was postponed, not a very productive night.

At the Plate:

  • Mike Baxter continued his solid 2015, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .350 on the season.
  • Chris Valaika was one of the few Cubs to find success at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he was also caught stealing.
  • Christian Villanueva was the only other Cubs player to register a hit, he was 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada didn’t have much of anything tonight, he worked five innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on twelve hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, surrendering no hits while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-27 Final

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Tennessee didnt really put muich together in this one as they lost to Chattanooga 5-3.  It was a 4-1 game in the bottom of the seventh were the Smokies were able to push two runs across to cut the deficit to one, that was  as close as they could get in this one.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was outstanding again, he wen 2-for-3 with a walk, a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored,

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and struggled just a bit, he worked five innings, giving up four runs on four hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jeffry Antigua was outstanding, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen struggled, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

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Riding the Bus: April 23, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 23, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-23 Final

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This one was over before the fans could even get into their seats as New Orleans scored six times in the first en route to a 9-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a run scored, that is his first AAA hit this year, hopefully that gets him going.
  • Chris Valaika supplied the only offense, he was 1-for-3 with a diner, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Christian Villanueva made a couple of costly mistakes in the field (2 errors), and was 1-for-4.
  • Taylor Teagarden, and Taylor Davis each had one walk, and one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the start, and wasn’t so great, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up nine runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking four, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago did a solid job in relief, he worked 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner, and Armando Rivero each worked a scoreless inning in garbage time.

Myrtle Beach 4-23 Final

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It was all Daury Torrez in this one as the Pelicans starter was outstanding in shutting down Winston-Salem.  The Pelicans built a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning, and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way as Myrtle Beach improved to 9-4 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann had quite the day from the lead-off spot, he was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Billy McKinney has been on a roll of late, he was 2-for-4 tonight, and is now hitting .325 on the season.
  • Jeimer Candelario had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Ben Carhart provided some production, he was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and the win tonight, he was outstanding.  Torrez worked seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits while striking out one.
  • Both Michael Heesch, and Jasvir Rakkar tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

South Bend 4-23 Final

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 The South Bend Cubs have had issues with blowing leads early in the season, but they figured out a way to resolve that, slaughter their opponent.  After scoring sixteen times last night, the Cubs tallied ten times tonight and only allowed Great Lakes to record four hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin was in the middle of things again, he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Chesny Young continued his hot start, he was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya has a solid night, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer provided some production, he was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Gleyber Torres had another impressive game, he was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert is getting back into games, and was solid tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was stellar, he worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Tyler Ihrig might have been better, he tossed four scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Ihrig only surrendered one hit, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out five.

Tennessee Smokies 4-23 Final

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After falling behind early 1-o, the Smokies outscored Jackson 9-1 the rest of the way en route to a 9-2 victory.  A much needed victory for the Smokies as the last two nights they watch late inning leads disappear in horrible fashion.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber had a monster game, he went 3-for-6 with his second dinger of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a double, three walks(!), and two runs scored.
  • Willson Contreras had a solid game, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Ryan Dent was great, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and picked up his second win of the season, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out eight.
  • Matt Brazis was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • P.J. Francescon, and Michael Jensen each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen.

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Riding the Bus: April 17, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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FRIDAY • APRIL 17, 2015

 Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final

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The Pelicans didn’t get much in this one, but thanks to Daury Torrez it was enough for a win.   Trailing 1-0, the Pelicans scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-1 en route to a 3-2 victory.  There were chances all over the base paths in this one, but the Pelicans could only go 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position, hurts less when you win though.

At the Plate:

  • Billy McKinney is off to a slow start this year, but had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jeimer Candelario was a big factor in the win, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers has been really good this year, he was again tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Lockhart continues his hot start, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and was pretty good despite some command issues, he worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking three, and striking out four.
  • James Pugliese turned in a solid relief effort, he tossed 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Matt Brazis worked the final inning and two-thirds to pick up his first save of the season, he walked two, and struck out one.

South Bend 4-17 Final

 

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Offensive explosion for South Bend in this one as they pounded out fourteen hits, and scored eleven run to take care of Fort Wayne 11-3.  Four different Cubs had multi-hit games, and they were 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position, if you get twenty one opportunities with runners in scoring position you should win.  It was 11-0 in the 5th inning so Cubs pitchers had an easy go of it, and cruised through the rest of this one.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young had an interesting night, he was 1-for-2 with FOUR walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer is on fire right now (not literally), he went 3-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .467 on the season.
  • Jason Volser had a productive day, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez and the bottom of the order did some work tonight, Baez was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • The eight hitter Charcer Burks finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • The ninth hitter Rashad Crawford was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was pretty solid.  Leal worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch was knocked around a bit out of the pen, he tossed two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tyler Ihrig cleaned things up in this one, nicely.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game One

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Pitching dominated game one in Tennessee as neither team could scratch across a run until the Smokies were able walk-off in the bottom of the 7th (Minor league DH’s are seven innings).  The Smokies only had one chance with runners in scoring position, and they capitalized.  The pitching was outstanding for Tennessee as they kept Pensacola off the board, and only allowed two hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was back in the lineup tonight, he went 0-for-1 with two walks, he’s hitting .308 on the season.
  • Dan Vogelbach continues to be the story of the minor league season so far, he was 2-for-3 in this one, which raised his average to .500, that’s on the season.
  • The lone RBI came from Bijan Rademacher, who was 1-for-3 in game one.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro got the start and was about as good as he could be, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while walking none, and striking out three.
  • Hunter Cervenka earned his first save of the year, he worked a scoreless inning while walking one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game Two

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Much of the same for the Smokies in game two as they were only able to score once while registering six hits in a 4-1 loss.  The defense didn’t do much to help out the pitching staff in this one, they committed four errors rendering three of the four runs unearned.  Other than that the pitching was outstanding once again, just a sloppy defensive effort.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher had another solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored in the night cap.
  • Dan Vogelbach is a man possessed right now, he was 3-for-3 in game two, he is now hitting .556 on the season.
  • Stephen Bruno, who did not start game two, went 2-for-2 but did make two costly errors.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the game two start and was pretty good, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis was tremendous out of the pen, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago bounced back with a nice outing, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.
  • Zach Cates was the hard luck loser in this one, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.

Iowa Cubs 4-17 Final

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Rough night for the Iowa Cubs as they played their first game AB (After Bryant), and could only manage two runs on five hits in a 3-2 loss.  The Cubs really had no answer for Oklahoma City pitching all night, and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  On the bright side, the Cubs pitching got a healthy Tsuyoshi Wada back tonight, and he threw the ball well.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada made his 2015 debut tonight after some lingering injuiries that lasted through camp.  Wada worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Yoanner Negrin was knocked around in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Drake Britton was outstanding out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out two.
  • Blake Cooper kept this close late, he worked a scoreless inning, giving only one hit in doing so.

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Riding the Bus: April 15, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 15, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-15 Final

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It’s definitely hit or miss for the Iowa Cubs in the early going as they were only able to register eight hits, and two runs in a 3-2 loss this afternoon.  That would have been just fine if the Cubs bullpen could have closed the door late, but poor command did them in, as it usually does late in ballgames.  The Cubs got a great effort from starter Donn Roach, but couldn’t cash in when they needed to as they were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

 At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli had another nice game, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and a walk.
  • Chris Valaika snapped out of a funk today, he was 2-for-4 with a double, his second of the season.
  • Jonathan Mota has been red-hot as of late, he continued that today, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .462 on the season.
  • Adron Chambers, and Addison Russell each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Donn Roach deserved better today, he was brilliant.  Roach worked six scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Blake Cooper was just okay out of the pen, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits, but did pick up a hold.
  • Blake Parker had nothing today, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking three(!).
  • Drake Britton took the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one.

South Bend 4-15 Final

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Well, that didn’t go so well.  The South Bend Cubs didn’t have much of an opportunity in this one as they trailed 9-0 by the third inning en route to a 10-7 loss.  It was nice to see the Cubs make a come back in this one, but there isn’t much you can do when you are chasing that many.  Jake Stinnett just didn’t have anything tonight, he couldn’t find the plate, and the Cubs made three errors behind him, that’s a recipe for disaster.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin has been doing a pretty solid job at the top of the South Bend lineup, he was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist.
  • Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-3 with a double, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Cael Brockmeyer continued the doubles binge that he is one, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, his sixth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young had a solid game, he was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett got the start and as I said, struggled with his command.  He worked 2.1 innings, giving up eight runs, five earned, on three hits while walking seven (see?), and striking out two.
  • Jasvir Rakkar came on in long relief and did a nice job, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out four.
  • David Bote, the infielder, saved the bullpen from further work in this one, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out two, go figure.

Both Tennessee, and Myrtle Beach were postponed.

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Riding the Bus: April 11, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

South Bend 4-11 Final

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So close, the South Bend Cubs made things very interesting tonight as they scored in the 8th and 9th to push the game to extra’s.  Unfortunately they couldn’t come up with anything else, and Bowling Green tallied twice in the 12th to win 7-5, South Bend’s fist loss of 2015.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks was great out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-6 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez is doing great things at the plate, he was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss.  He also had an outfield assist, threw a runner out at the plate.
  • Gleyber Torres broke out tonight, he’s 18.  He went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start tonight, and was knocked around a bit, didn’t get much help behind him, though.  He worked five innings, giving up four runs, two earned on eight hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless inning in relief, he did walk two, but escaped the trouble.
  • Ryan McNeil was brilliant tonight, he worked three innings, giving up one run, unearned on one hit while striking out five.
  • Francisco Carrillo got the loss, and only gave up one hit, he worked three innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-11 Final

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What a thrilling walk-off win for the Pelicans!  All hope looked lost when Wilmington scored twice in the top of the tenth, but the Pelicans surged back to score three times in their half of the tenth to win it.  Some really good performances from Pelican pitching today, kept them in it all night long.

At the Plate:

  • Jeimer Candelario had the big day for the Pelicans, he was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a huge hit as well, he finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a walk.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. continued his hot start, he went 2-for-4 in the win, he’s now hitting .400 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn made his 2015 debut, and was very good.  He worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was even better, he worked a perfect three innings, no hits, runs, or walks while striking out six.
  • Starling Peralta picked up the win, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.  That’s right, the Pelicans struck out 17 guys, wow.

Tennessee Smokies 4-11 Final

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Sloppy one tonight as the Smokies committed five errors in a 6-2 loss to the Braves.  Kyle Schwarber launched his first home run of the season, an absolute blast, and things were looking good early.  But a six run seventh for the Braves sealed the Smokie’s fate as they fall to 1-2 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen knocked in one of the runs tonight, he finished 1-for-4 with said RBI in the loss.
  • Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-4 with a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.  Schwarber also gunned down a runner trying to steal second, good stuff.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-2 with a walk, and was one of the few players without an error.
  • Christian Villanueva, and Dan Vogelbach each had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start for the Smokies and was outstanding, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Zach Cates wasn’t as good, he didn’t register an out, he gave up five runs, two earned, on one hit while walking three.
  • P.J. Francescon was solid at the end of this one, he worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, no hits while walking one, and striking out two.

Iowa Cubs 4-11 Final

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So the Iowa Cubs struggled in the first two games of the season, note to self, don’t anger the Iowa Cubs.  Thirteen runs, and sixteen hits later the Iowa Cubs put their offensive struggles in the rear view mirror.  All eight position players that started had at least one hit, six players had at least two RBI’s, tasty.

At the Plate:  (Take a seat, just going to list them)

  • Adron Chambers was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.
  • Addison Russell was 1-for-5 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Kris Bryant was 3-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, three RBI’s, a double, and three runs scored.
  • Chris Valaika was 3-for-5 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Junior Lake was 1-for-5 with  two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Rubi Silva was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a run scored, and a stolen base.
  • Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a double, and a stolen base.
  • Mike Baxter was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

I’m tired.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch got the start but couldn’t work deep enough for the win, he worked 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking three.
  • Blake Cooper was really good out of the pen to get the win, he worked 2.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out four.
  • Gonzalez Germen, and Joe Ortiz each worked a scoreless inning  in relief.

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Riding the Bus: April 10, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015

South Bend 4-10 Final

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The South Bend Cubs moved to 2-0 on the young season tonight as 2014 15th round draft pick Jeremy Null was brilliant.  Null got the start and worked five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven, not a single walk.  That was more than enough for the SB Cubs offense as they pounded out ten hits en route to a 7-4 victory over Bowling Green.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin provided the production from the top of the order in this one, he was 1-for-5 with three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young has had a good start to the season, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the victory.
  • Jeffrey Baez was solid yet again tonight, he went 2-for-4, and is now hitting .375 on the season.
  • Jesse Hodges and the bottom of the order were noticeable in this one, Hodges went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Charcer Burks, and Rashad Crawford each had a hit, and a walk in the eight and ninth spots respectively.

On the Mound:

  • The pen didn’t fair as well as Null in this one, Jasvir Rakkar worked two innings, giving up two runs, one earned on five hits while striking out one.
  • Tommy Thorpe closed things down, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.

Myrtle Beach 4-10 Final

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Not a whole lot went right for the Pelicans tonight as they fell behind Wilmington 6-0 in the fourth on their way to an 8-3 loss.  If was a rough night on the mound for Pelicans starter Daury Torrez, he could only get through 4.2 innings as he picked up his first loss of the season.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann is doing good things early on, he was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base.
  • Ben Carhart had a solid 2015 debut, he went 1-for-3 with a double, and two runs scored.
  • Mark Zagunis has been impressive, he was solid in the loss tonight, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, and a stolen base.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got knocked around in this one, he worked 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • I’m excited about Josh Conway, he just didn’t have it tonight, he went 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Gerardo Concepcion is on the comeback trail, he was great tonight, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up no hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tayler Scott finished this one off, he worked one scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-10 Final

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 A weird one in Mississippi as the Smokies jumped out to a 5-0 lead only to see it vanish in an 8-7 loss.  The Smokies attempted to mount a comeback in the 8th, but could only close the gap to one run.  A tough night for the Smokies pitchers as the Braves worked six walks, and registered nine hits.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen provided some production at the top, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, and two RBI’s.
  • Bijan Rademacher is red-hot, he went 3-for-5 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Dan Vogelbach had a solid game, he finished the night 1-for-3 with two walks.
  • Willson Contreras smacked the ball all over tonight, he was 3-for-5 in the loss.
  • Stephen Bruno came off the bench to have a good game, he went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro got the start and struggled with command, he worked four innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out four.
  • Andres Santiago wasn’t much better, and was hung with the loss, he worked just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Michael Jensen was the lone bright spot tonight, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Fernando Cruz was roughed up as well, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three.

Iowa Cubs 4-10 Final

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It hasn’t been the start that the Iowa Cubs, and Cubs fans were expecting.  For the second straight night the Memphis Redbirds took it to Iowa, it was especially bad tonight as Iowa trailed 7-0 after two.  Some of the big league club’s struggles are rubbing off on Iowa as they can’t seem to find any offense yet.

At the Plate:

  • Junior Lake is displaying his new approach, he was 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss.
  • Addison Russell is one guy that is swinging it well, he went 1-for-4 with a double, he’s hitting .375 so far this season.
  • Chris Valaika, Mike Baxter, and Jonathan Mota were the only other I-Cubs to register a base hit, one each.

On the Mound:

  • Carlos Pimentel didn’t have it tonight, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned while walking four, and striking out five.
  • Jeffry Antigua was okay out of the pen, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Zac Rosscup, and Blake Parker were able to stop the bleeding as each guy worked a scoreless inning.

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Riding the Bus; Cubs Minor League Reports (4/22/2014)

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Iowa 4-22-14

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It was all Iowa today as they built a 10-1 lead over Round Rock by the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 cake walk.  The I-Cubs sprayed the ball all over the place as they pounded out twelve hits to improve their record to 10-9 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Chris Coghlan was the poster child for the “Cubs Way” today as he went 1-for-1 with four walks, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Arismendy Alcantara is making an awful lot of noise lately, he was 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, a double, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Javier Baez is starting to heat up at the plate, he was 2-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Chris Valaika has been destroying Triple A pitching, he went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a double, and a run scored, he’s hitting .340 on the season.
  • Luis Flores is pounding the baseball this season, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch was very good today, and was rewarded with his first win of the season.  Jokisch worked seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while walking none, and striking out eight.
  • Marcus Hatley continued his brilliance out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Marcos Mateo cleaned things up tonight, he worked a scoreless inning, while walking one, and striking out one.

Kane County 4-22-14

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The Cougars looked to be sailing right along to a 5-2 win when things got dicey in the ninth inning.  The Snappers scored twice and had the tying, and go ahead run on base before the Cougars escaped with a 5-4 win.

At the Plate:

  • Carlos Penalver has had an impressive start to 2014, he was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win today.  He’s now hitting .302 on the season.
  • Ben Carhart had another solid game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • Yasiel Balaguert was productive again today, he went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI, his 15th of the season.
  • David Bote joined in on the double fun as well, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn was solid once again as he moved his record to 2-0 on the season.  Pauly worked 5.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking two.
  • Nathan Dorris did a solid job out of the pen but did get touched up a bit.  Dorris worked 2.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit, while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jose Arias started the ninth, and couldn’t finish this one off.  Arias worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Zack Godley came on and cleaned up the mess as he struck out the final batter of the game to pick up his third save of the season.

Daytona 4-22-14

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2014 has been frustrating for Daytona, they took out a seasons worth of frustration on the baseball tonight.  The D-Cubs pounded out seventeen hits while scoring eighteen runs to embarrass Clearwater 18-5, I’m sure that felt good.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen is turning into a weapon out of that lead-off spot, he was 4-for-5 with a walk, three RBI’s, two triples, a double, and four runs scored, yikes.
  • Tim Saunders was solid yet again, he went 2-for-2 with two doubles, a walk, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher never stops hitting, he was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s hitting .365 on the season.
  • Rock Shoulders went insane today, he was 3-for-5 with a grand slam, a walk, two doubles, four RBI’s, and four runs scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya made his long awaited return to the lineup tonight, and was awesome.  Amaya went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and four runs scored.
  • Marco Hernandez made some noise from the nine spot, he was 2-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Taylor Scott was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught tonight, as he picked up his second win of the season.  Scott worked 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, on earned, on four hits, while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Stephen Perakslis was really good out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, while striking out three.
  • Austin Reed got mop up duty in this one, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while walking one, and striking out two.

Smokies 4-22-14

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Pierce Johnson made his long awaited Double A debut tonight, and things were going just fine until the 5th inning.  The Barons scored eight times to erase a 1-0 deficit on their way to crushing the Smokies 14-3.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli had another solid game out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-3 with two walks.
  • Kris Bryant is rolling, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored in the win.  He has now reached base in eighteen straight games, and is hitting .311 on the season.
  • Taylor Davis was good from the nine spot, he went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, he’s hitting .429 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Pierce Johnson made his 2014 debut, and it had some good, and some bad.  Johnson worked four innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while walking four (bad), and striking out five.  I think he was a little too amped up for this start, the command was spotty at best.
  • Ryan Searle wasn’t much better out of the pen as he worked three innings, giving up six runs on six hits, while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Jeff Lorick suffered the same fate as the others, he worked one inning, giving up five runs, three earned, on three hits, while walking two.

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Riding the Bus; Cubs Minor League Reports (4/18/2014)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Iowa 4-18-14

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The Zephyrs got a lead-off home run from Josh Rodrgiuez, and that was it, unfortunately that was it for both teams.  The very first hitter of the game decided this one as New Orleans squeaked by Iowa, 1-0.

At the Plate:

  • Chris Valaika had one of the two hits on the night for Iowa, he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Logan Watkins, who didn’t start tonight, had the other hit for Iowa.  He went 1-for-1 off the bench, the I-Cubs were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.  Just one of those nights.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada was brilliant, and almost untouchable for the second straight outing, unfortunately he took the loss in this one.  Wada worked eight innings, giving up one run on three hits, while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Marcus Hatley continued his spotless work out of the pen, as he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit in the process.

Smokies 4-18-14

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Thud.  Such a tough loss for the Smokies as they held a precarious 2-0 lead heading to the ninth, that’s when Jackson scored five times to steal a win right out from under Tennessee.  Tough break for Ivan Pineyro who was stellar in this one, but walks away with a no decision.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli is starting to swing the bat better, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Kris Bryant continues to mash the baseball, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeudy Valdez had another solid game in this one, he went 2-for-4 from the nine spot in the order.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro did everything he could to get the win tonight, he worked 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while walking one, and striking out eight.
  • Ryan Searle came on in relief, and was good, until the ninth.  Searle worked 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, while walking two, he took the loss.

Kane County 4-18-14

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That other thud you heard tonight was the Kane County seven game winning streak coming to a crashing halt.  It was a good run though, and there really wasn’t much doubt about tonight as the Cougars were chasing all night long, and just couldn’t find their way back in it.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann went 1-for-4 with a strikeout from the lead-off spot tonight.
  • Carlos Penalver had a solid game, he went 1-for-2 with two walks in the loss.
  • Daniel Canela, Danny Lockhart, and Shawon Dunston all went 1-for-3 with a single.

On the Mound:

  • Juan Paniagua got the start tonight, and struggled with his command right off the hop.  Paniagua worked five innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Justin Amlung struggled mightily out of the pen, he worked just 1.2 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while walking one.
  • Josh Davis was able to calm things down but it was too little too late.  Davis worked 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, and striking out one.

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